Where can I buy cannabis?

After legalization, medical grade cannabis can only be accessed with a prescription through a licensed producer. Now that recreational legalization took effect, you can legally only buy from licensed dispensaries or through www.albertacannabis.org, privately owned retail stores or government-operated online sites (Government of Alberta).

Where can I use cannabis?

Recreationally only at home and some public spaces where tobacco smoking is also allowed. Use in cars is banned (Government of Alberta).

Prescribed medical cannabis can be used as needed.

Can I get a DUI if I drive while I am high?

Consequences include fines, criminal charges or jail time. Similar to alcohol charges (RCMP 2014).

For example in Alberta driving high is illegal and it can’t be within reach of anyone in a vehicle (Alberta government, 2018)

How old do I have to be to use cannabis?

18 and over but subject to provincial or territorial restrictions (Government of Canada, 2018).

Can I carry cannabis on me?

It depends on the province but for example in Alberta (Alberta government, 2017):

  • 30 grams is the most you can buy or carry at a time
  • Edibles are ilegal.

Federally there are other regulations and they change from province to province (Government of Canada, 2018).

Can I travel with my prescription?

Yes you can travel with your prescription, although it is your responsibility to know and abide by the laws of other provinces and territories if you are traveling to them (Government of Canada, 2018).

Can I grow my own plants?

Yes, under the ACMPR, if you have a medical cannabis prescription, you are eligible to apply to grow cannabis for your own medical purposes, but you must fulfill these requirements:

  • Ordinarily live in Canada
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Attest that you have not been convicted of a marijuana related offense
  • Not be registered more than once at any time

For more information go to Health Canada’s website or click the following link (Health Canada, 2017)

Recreationally you can grow a minimum number of plants but it differs in each province. For example in Alberta you can grow 4 plants per household (Alberta government, 2017).

How much cannabis can I legally have?

If you have a prescription, you can possess the total amount of your prescription or a maximum of 150 g if your prescription exceeds 5 g/day. Recreationally, after October 17, 2018, one can possess up to 30 grams of dried product or the equivalent of non-dried product (Government of Canada, 2018).

The following is a list of products equivalent to one gram of dried product:

  • 5 grams of fresh cannabis
  • 15 grams of edible product
  • 70 grams of liquid product,
  • 0.25 grams of concentrates (solid or liquid)
  • 1 cannabis plant seed